Community partners and administrators came together in a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 14, 2017, to celebrate the redesign of the Auto Body classroom at Harlingen High School.
Made possible through the Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) Grant awarded by the Texas Workforce Commission in August 2016, the upgrades to the program will bring new college credit opportunities for students in the auto collision field.
“This is an example of the great things that can happen when the industry comes together with HCISD to advance the future of our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Art Cavazos. “We thank the Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) Grant and the Texas Workforce Commission for helping make this project a reality and bringing auto collision and repair concepts to life in the classroom giving our students the authentic learning experiences they need to be successful in the field. We also thank our Heroes for Harlingen for their continued support in this project.”
As part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Academy, the newly transformed auto body facility will go beyond hands-on learning. Students will have the opportunity to earn credit towards Certificate 1 and 2 in Auto Collision Generalist Specialist or an associate’s degree in Auto Collision Technology.
Beginning Fall 2017, HCISD will launch six new Academies featuring Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses of high-demand career tracks. Hands on training, skill development, and educational achievement are all part of the unique experiences students will receive through these exciting opportunities.